Star Wars has been around for decades and is still going strong. Here are ten of the best Star Wars characters ever!
10. Luke Skywalker
This Jedi master, and hero in the original Star Wars trilogy, started out as a humble farm boy on the planet Tatooine, but ended up going off to Jedi college. Yoda then trains him in the ways of the Force, and he battles the Galactic Empire alongside Han Solo, Princess Leia, and the Rebel Alliance.
FUN FACT: Luke grew up on a moisture farm. His family used “vaporators” to draw moisture from the atmosphere–a very important activity in Tatooine’s dry, arid desert landscape.
9. Darth Vader
This fallen Jedi went over to the dark side to become a Sith Lord. He tried to convince his son, Luke, to join forces with him. But, his son wanted nothing to do with the dark side. The two did unite, however, to defeat Emperor Palpatine.
-Darth Vader’s original name was Anakin Skywalker.
-The “Luke, I am your father” line is often misquoted. Here’s how the conversation really went:
Darth Vader: “Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.”
Luke: “He told me enough. He told me you killed him.”
Darth Vader: “No. I am your father.”
FYI, rumor has it that the line was added by Star Wars creator George Lucas after the actual line from the script–which read “Luke, you are your own father”–confused the film’s cast.
Don’t be fooled by his size and cuteness. Introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, this little green guy is one of the most powerful Jedi masters in the Star Wars universe. In fact, he was the Grand Master of the Jedi Council and one of only a few who survived Order 66, an executive order given by Chancellor Palpatine to mass execute the Jedi_Order.
-Yoda’s first name is Minch.
-He was voiced by Frank Oz, the same guy who did the voices for Muppet characters Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam the Eagle.
–Muppets creator Jim Henson was brought on to sketch the animatronic character. Prior to this, Lucas wanted to use a trained monkey in a costume and mask.
This Wookie warrior was more than Han Solo’s sidekick—he was his best friend. Despite the fact that he was a tall, hairy, wild animal, Chewbacca was anything but a terrifying monster. Rather, he was all heart. This can best be seen in The Empire Strikes Back, when he cries out in agony after Han Solo is frozen in carbonite.
-The Chewbacca character was inspired by Lucas’s dog, an Alaskan malamute that went by the name of Indiana.
-Chewbacca was the 201st most popular Halloween costume in 2017. It is also the sixth most popular costume of any Star Wars character.
6. Obi-Wan Kenobi
Like Yoda, this Jedi master was one of only a few Jedi to survive Order 66. Obi-Wan Kenobi served as a mentor to both Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker. In Star Wars: Clone Wars, he became a general in the Republic Army and led the Clone Army warriors and ARC Troopers in ground battles throughout the galaxy.
FUN FACT: The Obi-Wan Kenobi character, as well as the rest of the Jedi, was inspired by a Japanese jidaigeki TV program. Lucas used the word “jidaigeki” to come up with the word “Jedi.” In Japanese, “jidaigeki” means “period drama.”
R2-D2, the little guy who everyone thought was a trash can on wheels, was actually an astromech droid. He served Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker, but is best known for being the other half of the protocol droid known as C-3PO.
-Lucas came up with R2-D2’s name while he was working on the film American Graffiti. When the movie’s sound editor asked for Reel 2, Dialog Track 2, he abbreviated it to R2D2. Lucas thought it would make a “great name.”
-The guy who played R2-D2 is 3′ 8″ actor Kenny Baker.
-R2-D2 was the 347th most popular Halloween costume in 2017 and the ninth most popular Star Wars costume.
C-3PO is a protocol droid that Anakin Skywalker made out of junk parts he found on Tatooine. He’s best known as R2-D2’s other half. He’s also a bit of a worrywart and always has a way of delivering bad news at the most inappropriate times.
By the way, C-3PO is fluent in over six million forms of communication.
FUN FACT: Anthony Daniels, the actor who played the C-3PO role, said in a 1983 interview with People magazine that he hated his costume. “I was so unhappy that I really would have liked to smash the costume up with a sledgehammer.” He ended up getting a new costume for the Return of the Jedi movie. But, much to his dismay, it made him feel like “a cross between a crippled person and a baby.”
3. Princess Leia
This no-nonsense leader of the Rebel Alliance was partly responsible for bringing down the Death Star and the Galactic Empire. She also killed Jabba the Hut, a Tatooine crime boss.
-Princess Leia’s widely copied trademark hairdo was inspired by the “Southwestern Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look,” although it’s been linked to historic Iberian sculptures and the traditional styles of the Hopi Indian women. FYI, the hairstyle took two hours every day to create.
-Princess Leia was the 90th most popular Halloween costume in 2017. She’s also the most popular costume of any Star Wars character.
-Princess Leia is now General Leia.
-She’s Luke Skywalker’s twin.
2. Han Solo
In the original trilogy, this Rebel Alliance general, Captain of the Millennium Falcon and member of the Ureallians alien race battled the Galactic Empire alongside his friends Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca, and his girlfriend, Princess Leia. Han Solo is both a hero and a rebel. He saved his best friend, Chewbacca a.k.a. Chewie, from the tyranny of the Empire.
-In the story’s original script, Han Solo was green.
-He was supposed to be a Jedi.
-He was supposed to be the best pilot in the galaxy.
Rey is the first female lead in the Star Wars saga. She’s a rookie Jedi who lives in the desert. She is also a woman of many talents–Force-wielder, lightsaber duelist, escape artist, pilot, and mechanic. Needless to say, this Jedi is smart, sassy, and strong.
FUN FACT: Star Wars toymakers were told to avoid Rey products because boys don’t want products with female characters on them. The comment sparked outrage from female fans and spawned the creation of the #WheresRey hashtag on Twitter.
Which Star Wars characters do you think are the best? Let us know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you!